Mahama challenges 2023 WASSCE for School results over cheating

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama citing malpractice has challenged the authenticity of the provisional results of students who sat for the 2023 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School.

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According to him, some invigilators who were tasked to oversee the Ghana version of the International examination (WASSCE for Schoo) relaxed on the job as teachers were found aiding students in answering examination questions.

“In many places, they let the children cheat. You go to places and the teachers are conniving with the students to cheat. The effect will be seen later,” the leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama said.

The former President, who is on the “Building Ghana Tour”, said the cheating incident in the just-ended West African Senior School Certificate Examination will have dire consequences on the country’s educational system in future.

“You certify these children saying they are of this standard either the BECE or SSCE, and that child will use that certificate, go abroad to a school and they will find out that your qualification is not up to the standard you say it is,” he said.

However, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has described as baseless and false an allegation by former President John Mahama that Senior High School students who sat for the 2023 WASSCE cheated in the International examination.

MoE in a statement sighted by Thisterm.com said the claim by the National Democratic Congress member is a calculated attempt to downplay the great strides made by the leadership of the Ministry in improving learning outcomes in the country.

“We have made monumental progress in core subjects from an average 40.93 per cent score (A1 –C6) in 2015 to a highly improved average of 69.73 per cent score (A1 – C6) in 2023,” the Ministry of Education said in a statement.

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Again, the Education Ministry noted that the country had recorded the highest ever West African Senior School Certificate Examination 8A1s in 2020 and 2023 with Ghana boasting 411 out of the 465 8A1s recorded across West Africa.

The Ministry led by Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum described the former President’s assertion as a false misrepresentation of the facts which only seeks to malign “the integrity of the vast majority of our hard-working teachers and students.”

It, therefore, has called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn former President, John Dramani Mahama’s allegation while pledging its commitment to upholding the highest quality of education in the country.

“The Ministry reiterates our commitment that the quality of education and examinations at all levels, including the WASSCE will not be compromised,” the Education Ministry press statement sighted by Thisterm.com added.

A total of 447,204 candidates, made up of 211,834 males and 235,370 females drawn from 975 public and private Senior High Schools entered for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School.

This figure indicates an increase of 5.8% compared to the 2022 entry figure of 422,883. The WASSCE took place at 834 centres. A total of 60 subjects, comprising 4 core and 56 electives were made available to candidates to choose from.

The 2023 edition of the WASSCE for School Candidates commenced on Monday, July 31, 2023, with the Visual Art Project work. The international examination administered at 834 examination centres ended on September 26, 2023.

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